Department of Veterans Affairs Franchise Fund
Pub. L. 104–204, title I, Sept. 26, 1996, 110 Stat. 2880, as amended by Pub. L. 109–114, title II, § 208, Nov. 30, 2005, 119 Stat. 2389, provided in part that:
“There is hereby established in the Treasury a Department
Affairs franchise fund, to be available without fiscal year limitation for expenses and equipment necessary for the maintenance and operation of such administrative services as the Secretary
determines may be performed more advantageously as central services: Provided
, That any inventories, equipment and other assets pertaining to the services to be provided by the franchise fund, either on hand or on order, less the related liabilities or unpaid obligations, and any appropriations made hereafter for the purpose of providing capital, shall be used to capitalize the franchise fund: Provided further
, That the franchise fund may be paid in advance from funds available to the Department
and other Federal agencies for which such centralized services are performed, at rates which will return in full all expenses of operation, including accrued leave, depreciation of fund plant and equipment, amortization of automated data processing (ADP) software and systems (either acquired or donated), and an amount necessary to maintain a reasonable operating reserve,
as determined by the Secretary:Provided further
, That the franchise fund shall provide services on a competitive basis: Provided further
, That an amount not to exceed four percent of the total annual income to such fund may be retained in the fund for fiscal year 1997 and each fiscal year thereafter, to remain available until expended, to be used for the acquisition of capital equipment and for the improvement and implementation of Departmental financial management, ADP, and other support systems: Provided further
, That no later than thirty days after the end of each fiscal year amounts in excess of this reserve
limitation shall be transferred to the Treasury.”
Department of Veterans Affairs Act
Pub. L. 100–527, §§ 1–12, 14, 16, 18, Oct. 25, 1988, 102 Stat. 2635–2642, 2644, 2645, 2648, as amended by Pub. L. 101–94, title IV, § 401, Aug. 16, 1989, 103 Stat. 628; Pub. L. 101–576, title II, § 205(c)(2), Nov. 15, 1990, 104 Stat. 2845; Pub. L. 102–83, § 3, Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 402, provided that:
“SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
“This Act [see Tables for classification] may be cited as the ‘Department of Veterans Affairs Act’.
“SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF VETERANS’ ADMINISTRATION AS AN EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT.
“The Veterans’ Administration is hereby redesignated as the Department of Veterans Affairs and shall be an executive department in the executive branch of the Government.
“[SECS. 3 to 5. Repealed. Pub. L. 102–83, § 3(3), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 402.]
“SEC. 6. VETERANS HEALTH SERVICES AND RESEARCH ADMINISTRATION.
“The establishment within the Veterans’ Administration known as the Department of Medicine and Surgery is hereby redesignated as the Veterans Health Services and Research Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
“SEC. 8. OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL.
“(b)Continuation of Service of General Counsel.—
The individual serving on the effective date of this Act [Mar. 15, 1989
] as the General Counsel of the Veterans’
Administration may act as the General Counsel of the Department
Affairs until a person is appointed under this Act to that office.
“SEC. 9. OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL.
The Office of Inspector General of the Veterans
’ Administration, established in accordance with the Inspector General Act of 1978 [Pub. L. 95–452
, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees], is hereby redesignated as the Office of Inspector General of the Department
“SEC. 10. REFERENCES.“Reference in any other Federal law, Executive order, rule, regulation, or delegation of authority, or any document of or pertaining to the Veterans’ Administration—
to the Chief Medical Director of the Veterans
’ Administration shall be deemed to refer to the Chief Medical Director [now Under Secretary
for Health] of the Department
to the Chief Benefits Director of the Veterans
’ Administration shall be deemed to refer to the Chief Benefits Director [now Under Secretary
for Benefits] of the Department
to the Chief Memorial Affairs Director of the Veterans
’ Administration shall be deemed to refer to the Director of the National Cemetery System [now Under Secretary
Affairs for Memorial Affairs] of the Department
to the Department
of Memorial Affairs of the Veterans’
Administration shall be deemed to refer to the National Cemetery System [now National Cemetery Administration] of the Department
“SEC. 11. SAVINGS PROVISIONS.
“(a)Continuing Effect of Legal Documents.—All orders, determinations, rules, regulations, permits, grants, contracts, certificates, licenses, and privileges—
which have been issued, made, granted, or allowed to become effective by the President, by the Administrator of Veterans
’ Affairs, or by a court of competent jurisdiction, in the performance of functions of the Administrator or the Veterans
’ Administration; and
which are in effect on the effective date of this Act [Mar. 15, 1989];
shall continue in effect according to their terms until modified, terminated, superseded, set aside, or revoked in accordance with law by the President, the Secretary
, or other authorized official, by a court of competent jurisdiction, or by operation of law.
“(b)Proceedings Not Affected.—
The provisions of this Act shall not affect any proceedings or any application for any benefits, service, license, permit, certificate, or financial assistance pending before the Veterans
’ Administration at the time this Act takes effect, but such proceedings and applications shall be continued. Orders shall be issued in such proceedings, appeals shall be taken therefrom, and payments shall be made pursuant to such orders, as if this Act had not been enacted, and orders issued in any such proceedings shall continue in effect until modified, terminated, superseded, or revoked by a duly authorized official, by a court of competent jurisdiction, or by operation of law. Nothing in this subsection shall be deemed to prohibit the discontinuance or modification of any such proceeding under the same terms and conditions and to the same extent that such proceeding could have been discontinued or modified if this Act had not been enacted.
“(c)Suits Not Affected.—
The provisions of this Act shall not affect suits commenced before the effective date of this Act, and in all such suits, proceedings shall be had, appeals taken, and judgments rendered in the same manner and with the same effect as if this Act had not been enacted.
“(d)Nonabatement of Actions.—
No suit, action, or other proceeding commenced by or against the Veterans
’ Administration, or by or against any individual in the official capacity of such individual as an officer of the Veterans
’ Administration, shall abate by reason of the enactment of this Act.
“(e)Property and Resources.—
The contracts, liabilities, records, property, and other assets and interests of the Veterans
’ Administration shall, after the effective date of this Act, be considered to be the contracts, liabilities, records, property, and other assets and interests of the Department
“(f)Compensation for Continued Service.—Any person—
who continues to serve as Chief Medical Director [now Under Secretary
for Health] or Chief Benefits Director [now Under Secretary
for Benefits] of such department
under section 3(f) or (g), respectively;
who acts as the Director of the National Cemetery System [now Under Secretary
Affairs for Memorial Affairs] under section 3(h); or
who acts as General Counsel of the Department
Affairs under section 8(b);
after the effective date of this Act and before the first appointment of a person to such position after such date shall continue to be compensated for so serving or acting at the rate at which such person was compensated before the effective date of this Act.
“SEC. 14. ADDITIONAL CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.
“After consultation with the appropriate committees of the Congress, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall prepare and submit to the Congress proposed legislation containing technical and conforming amendments to title 38, United States Code, and to other provisions of law, which reflect the changes made by this Act. Such legislation shall be submitted not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act [Oct. 25, 1988].
“SEC. 18. EFFECTIVE DATE.
Except as provided in subsection (b), this Act shall take effect on March 15, 1989.
“(b)Appointment of Secretary.—
Notwithstanding any other provision of law or of this Act, the President may, any time after January 21, 1989
, appoint an individual to serve as Secretary
of the Department
Ex. Ord. No. 13793. Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs
Ex. Ord. No. 13793, Apr. 27, 2017, 82 F.R. 20539, provided:
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Purpose. This order is intended to improve accountability and whistleblower protection at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by directing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (Secretary) to establish within the VA an Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection and to appoint a Special Assistant to serve as Executive Director of the Office.
Sec. 2. Establishing a VA Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection. (a) Within 45 days of the date of this order, and to the extent permitted by law, the Secretary shall establish in the VA the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (Office), and shall appoint a Special Assistant, reporting directly to the Secretary, to serve as Executive Director of the Office. The VA shall provide funding and administrative support for the Office, consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(b) To the extent permitted by law, the Office shall:
(i) advise and assist the Secretary in using, as appropriate, all available authorities to discipline or terminate any VA manager or employee who has violated the public’s trust and failed to carry out his or her duties on behalf of veterans, and to recruit, reward, and retain high-performing employees;
(ii) identify statutory barriers to the Secretary’s authority to discipline or terminate any employee who has jeopardized the health, safety, or well-being of a veteran, and to recruit, reward, and retain high-performing employees; and report such barriers to the Secretary for consideration as to the need for legislative changes;
(iii) work closely with relevant VA components to ensure swift and effective resolution of veterans’ complaints of wrongdoing at the VA; and
(iv) work closely with relevant VA components to ensure adequate investigation and correction of wrongdoing throughout the VA, and to protect employees who lawfully disclose wrongdoing from retaliation.
(c) In establishing the Office, the Secretary shall consider, in addition to any other relevant factors:
(i) whether some or all of the functions of the Office are currently performed by an existing VA office, component, or program;
(ii) whether certain administrative capabilities necessary for operating the Office are redundant with those of another VA office, component, or program; and
(iii) whether combining the Office with another VA office, component, or program may improve the VA’s efficiency, effectiveness, or accountability.
Sec. 3. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.